Ben Becker: Memorial Day began as “Decoration Day” in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. Civil War. It was a tradition initiated by former slaves to celebrate emancipation and commemorate those who died for that cause.
About Christina Shu
Christina P. Shu, MDiv, serves as Palliative Care Chaplain in the Chaplaincy Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Her focus is to provide interfaith spiritual support for palliative care patients and families experiencing grief and loss, end of life situations and coping with long term illness and hospitalization. She currently works on a grant-funded project to integrate spiritual care into palliative care for patients and families.
Chaplain Shu earned a bachelor’s in religious studies, with departmental honors, at Stanford University in Stanford, California. She then earned her master’s in divinity at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
She completed several chaplaincy internships at various venues, including the Center for Urban Chaplaincy in San Diego and Chula Vista, Tufts University in Sommerville, Massachusetts and Boston Medical Center. She was a chaplain resident at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center and has earned a total of six units of Clinical Pastoral Education. Chaplain Shu is a candidate in the fellowship and ordination process with the Unitarian Universalist Association.